Luxury hotel holiday Capofaro Malvasia and Resort Salina, Aeolian Islands

The white-washed Capofaro Malvasia and Resort is nestled amid Malvasia vines, volcanic rocks, and rich verdant flora on the Aeolian island of Salina's. This five-star boutique hotel and Relais & Chateaux member encourages guests to appreciate the colourful, rugged nature on the doorstep. There are 27 low-lying rooms that look out across the vines to the sea, with Aeolian-style columns, terraces, pink bougainvillaea and shady canopies. Excellent Mediterranean cuisine is provided, there is a spa and wellness centre and paddle tennis court.
Included in your Expressions holiday
  • Accommodation in a double or twin room on bed and breakfast
  • Scheduled flights with British Airways London to Catania
  • Private return car transfer to Milazzo port
  • Ferry crossing Milazzo to Salina return
  • Concierge service and Expressions Holidays regional helpful hints
  • Optional room and flight upgrades. Details on request

Luxury bespoke holidays and tours to Capofaro, Salina

Capofaro Malvasia Resort and Spa is a delightful hotel in a stunning location.

Facts in brief

Official star rating 5

Location Salina

Annual opening 30 April to 11 October

Closest airport Catania

Distance from airport About 4 hours by car and hydrofoil

Hotel facilities and services

Swimming pool, Restaurant (open from mid May to the end of the season), Room service, Tennis court, Vineyard, Yoga and Pilates, Club House, WiFi, Massage (on request). Cookery lessons and Wine tasting can also be arranged.

Complimentary

Wifi

Land sports

Tennis, Yoga and Pilates.

Out and about nearby

Pollara beach and Nature reserve. Boat trips to the surrounding Aeolian Islands.

Sports nearby

Walking, Snorkelling and Diving.

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a Standard double room for 5 nights

From about

£1,040

Holiday Code IE432

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers.

Luxury bespoke holidays and tours to Capofaro, Salina

Located on the Aeolian island of Salina near the lighthouse of Faro, the Capofaro is owned by the Tasca d'Almerita family whose love for vineyards and the sea has made the Capofaro possible. Rich Mediterranean flora and fauna and cliffs of dark volcanic rock surround the hotel, and six acres of 30-year-old Malvasia vines stretch before you. The Capofaro hotel has 18 rooms grouped together in seven cottages built in typical Aeolian style with white walls, flat roofs and columned terraces. Rooms boast beautiful views across the vineyards to the sea with the islands of Panarea and Stromboli in the distance. Days can be spent walking in the surrounding countryside. The island of Salina boasts 18 scenic hiking trails and guests can explore this area with a guide if they wish. Boat trips to the other Aeolian Islands can also be arranged. The outdoor swimming pool and its terraces provide the perfect place to relax and there is also a tennis court and massage if you prefer. Guests at the Capofaro can take their evening meal of local cuisine in the elegant restaurant by the pool overlooking the sea.

Room descriptions

Capofaro Malvasia Resort and Spa offers 27 rooms, including 6 in the lighthouse building, with bath or shower and wc, air-conditioning, satellite television, minibar and a terrace.

Standard Room
Superior Room
Superior Faro Room
Junior Suite
Executive Suite
Exclusive Faro Suite
Suite 21
Suite II Faro

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a Standard double room for 5 nights

From about

£1,040

Holiday Code IE432

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers.

Luxury bespoke holidays and tours to Capofaro, Salina

The journey and how you get there

For a holiday to Capofaro Hotel on Salina, our clients usually fly to Catania airport. From the airport, we recommend a private car transfer which we would include in our holiday price from Catania to Milazzo (about 2 hours’ drive). From Milazzo you take a hydrofoil to Salina island, and then you are collected by the hotel from the port.

Additional information

Children: Extra beds can be added to any of the suites for a supplement charge.

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a Standard double room for 5 nights

From about

£1,040

Holiday Code IE432

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers.

Luxury bespoke holidays and tours to Capofaro, Salina

About Sicily

An Expressions tailor-made holiday in Sicily allows visitors to discover a unique and captivating island. The rich tapestry of Mediterranean history can be witnessed on the southerly island of Sicily, fascinating not only for its amazing blend of cultures including Greek, Arab, Byzantine and Norman and its architectural treasures which reflect these influences but also for its breath-taking scenery of coast, parched mountains and fertile groves of almonds, oranges, lemons and olives. The people are proud and independent, reserved but sincere and helpful. Traditions thrive to an extent that the atmosphere of Sicily is unrecognisable in the context of other parts of Italy further north. The towns and villages are contrasting with picture postcard scenes of mediaeval labyrinthine alleyways adorned by wrought-iron balconies and baskets of flowers or severe dilapidation punctuated by grand Baroque or austere Norman cathedrals and churches. Additionally, there are of course some of the most important sites of the ancient Greek world such as the temples at Agrigento, the theatre at Taormina and numerous relics at Siracusa, reputedly one of the most beautiful cities of the Greek world. High above the island looms Mount Etna, one of the largest volcanoes in the world and an awe-inspiring sight. Off the north coast of Sicily, the beautiful Aeolian Islands offer escape and remoteness, natural scenery and a startling light, a sleepy way of life and romantic isolation. A holiday in Sicily appeals for those who want typical rest and relaxation with cultural activities at hand, and for those who want to be more adventurous and experience more of this captivating island.

Highlights of Sicily

An ascent of Mount Etna, partly by car and then further on foot (guides available) through the luxuriant vegetation which includes oranges and lemons, bougainvillaea and poinsettias and then higher up the groves of walnuts, cherries, almonds, pistachios and vines. Palermo is known for its street markets, especially Vucciria and Ballaro, where traders and hawkers, pickpockets and shoppers converge amongst narrow streets and stalls of wares. See the traditional costumes and dialect of Piana degli Albanesi, where Albanians settled in the 15th Century. Revel in the splendid site of Taormina above the sea with views to Etna. Local crafts include cork, ceramics, honey, embroidery, raffia. Enjoy the calm and remoteness of the Aeolian Islands with their clear waters, beautiful scenery and peaceful way of life. Enjoy the gardens of the Villa Giulia in Palermo and the Public Gardens in Taormina.

Cultural highlights of Sicily

Palermo contains some of the greatest Arab-Norman buildings in existence - San Giovanni degli Eremiti, the Palazzo Reale with its striking Cappella Palatina and La Martorana. Monreale outside Palermo is the greatest work of Norman architecture in Sicily and contains beautiful 12th and 13th Century mosaics and cloisters. The Doric temples of the 5th Century BC in the Valley of the Temples in Agrigento. Cefalu has the `Portrait of a Man` by Antonello da Messina, dating from 1465 in its Museo Mandralisca.

Festivals in Sicily

Many Sicilian local festivals are linked to Saints’ Days. A few of the most well-known festivals generally include Carnival celebrations in Taormina and Acireale. Easter is celebrated especially in Trapani, Marsala and Piana degli Albanesi. Messina celebrates Ferragosto on the 15th August with a firework display over the Straits. The Sagra del Mandorlo in Fiore takes place in Agrigento in the first and second weeks of February to celebrate the almond blossom. Taormina Arte is a summer festival of music, cinema, ballet and theatre, held in the Greek theatre. The Palio dei Normanni takes place in Piazza Armeria in August.

Gastronomy in Sicily

The gastronomy of Sicily, like much of the culture of the island, has been heavily influenced by its history. Cuscus is a Sicilian version of couscous, and marzipan features heavily in sweets. Local produce includes citrus fruits, almonds, capers, olives, peppers and fish. Local specialities include Maccheroni con le sarde (pasta with sardines, fennel, raisins, pine nuts and saffron), Pesce spada (grilled sword fish), 'alla Siciliana' with capers, red peppers and herbs. Cassata is a popular dessert made with ricotta, candied fruit and pistachios and Cannoli are almond biscuits stuffed with ricotta. Sicily produces a variety of red and white wines including Corvo di Salaparuta and Etna, Marsala and Malvasia.

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